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Back in the Day – The Death of Magnetic Tape

cassette tapeToday’s dying media spotlight is magnetic tape. By definition magnetic tape “is a plastic ribbon coated on one side with an iron-oxide material that can be magnetized by electromagnetic pulses for storing data.”

Magnetic tapes came in open reel-to-reel as well as (housed in) cartridge formats and were used for audio or video recordings, and the storage of information in early computers. Tapes are played back and recorded on decks which wind the tape past a read/write device or “head”. Photo Credit: Freefotos

Why is Magnetic Tape a Dying Medium?
Finding something on magnetic tape involves moving the tape sequentially, and even with the fast forward button, tape does not provide the same random access that newer recording mediums do. Copying from one magnetic tape to another results in a loss of quality with each generation of copying.

  • Examples of Magnetic Tape Media
  • Early History of Magnetic Tape
  • Cassette Tape
  • 8 Track Tape
  • Video Tape
Source: About.com
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